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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:48:09 PM »
I've noticed this before but have never mentioned it until now

The GDs had HUGE feet!

Oh good -- I'm not the only one who's noticed that. I brought it up years ago. I'll have to see if I can find the post -- I believe I might have used the word "boat" to describe them :^)

Good call Tim. Bunions to be exact. Never heard about her needing a special shoe but I guess it's possible.

If you look closely at some of the tennis pictures, you'll see Anastasia's wearing sandals rather than tennis shoes. There's a dark pair that's very easy to spot -- once you see them, you'll wonder why you never noticed before -- and a light pair that's pretty hard to see against her white stockings. You have to look for the buckles. If the sandals are any indication, the problem doesn't seem to have developed until around 1913-14.

Apologies for quoting a 2 year old post, but I figured it's relevant.

I was lucky enough to visit Catherine Palace in June and a pair of Anastasia's shoes were on display (if, with my limited Russian knowledge, I've read the caption correctly). It was impossible to avoid the reflections on the glass as it was very crowded and I had a limited angle to work with - sorry.

I was struck by how large they were. It's difficult to get a sense of it from the photo but I am quite sure I could've easily fit into these shoes, and these were from 1909!

Here is the accompanying caption. It's somewhat blurry so I don't know if anyone will be able to decipher it, but obviously, the title says "Children's shoes" and (I think?) Anastasia's name is there.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration
« on: July 14, 2017, 12:41:07 AM »
Do we know if July 2018 is still the proposed re-opening date? I ask because I was there about four weeks ago and there's a sign in front of the palace that says the restoration won't be completed until 2020. I wish I'd taken a photo of the sign, but the weather was awful and it was difficult juggling the umbrella and camera  . . .

ETA: I did take a photo of the actual palace, though!

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Yusupov Palace on the Moika
« on: July 01, 2017, 02:00:54 PM »
Visited a few days ago and it was fabulous! A must-see if you come to Saint Petersburg.

Only downside is the extra 350 р that must be paid (in addition to the 700 р ticket) to go down to the basement. I didn't pay this out of principle. Photos of the basement are plastered all over Google, anyway.

Postdam Cup (beautiful item!)

Caption, if anyone is interested:

Service of the Imperial Yacht "Derzhava" (1884):

The Imperial Prize Race (1911) (I'd never heard of this?)


That's all! :)

I don't have time to refer to all of my notes right now. But most of them are obvious/self-explanatory. (I'm sure the people here will probably have matched people to the clothing by the time I return, anyway :P)

This was a very, very large coat, but I can't recall whose it is. I want to say it is Alexander III's. Can anyone help?

All of these items manufactured in the late 19th/early 20th century at The Card Factory at the Imperial Education House:

Bicycle (manufactured 1867. The rest of the caption is too blurry, sorry)

Croquet set:

Very sorry to take so long to post these (and apologies if they're in the wrong forum . . feel free to move them).

During my stay in Sochi earlier this year, I was lucky enough to visit this exhibition. It was only very small, and I didn't have much time there, but it was well worth the visit.

Sorry also for the quality - I am not the best photographer and unfortunately, my camera was the victim of one of Sochi's security x-ray machines, so I was limited to my phone.

Without further ado, here are the photos (feel free to re-use them elsewhere, credit not necessary). I also have larger versions of all, if anyone would like them.

Sign outside the exhibition (held on the top floor of Sochi's art museum):

Riding harness for the horse of Catherine II (I took pictures of most of the captions too, which I'm happy to type out if anyone would like more information):

"Cup-Prize" (the inscription reads: "The Neva Yachting Club, the Prize of the Emperor, the sailing race of July 22, 1898 in Peterhof, the Yacht "Perkun", Count F.G Berg and Count E.F Berg")

Tennis racquet (a very simple item . . . but for me it was very special to see this in person, knowing the IF's love of tennis):

Dress and toy horse:

Will start another post for the rest  . . .

The Alexander Palace / Re: Bob Atchison's Sept 2013 Trip to the AP!
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:09:22 PM »
Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing those with us.

Forum Announcements / Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:42:26 PM »
Does anyone remember Helen (not Rappaport - I believe this Helen's surname began with A?). She was very knowledgeable about all things DNA. Each time someone would appear in the Claimants forum disputing the DNA evidence, she would tirelessly (and successfully) refute their posts. It was great.

Oh, God . . . I can't believe we're STILL battling the loons after all these years.

The Alexander Palace / Re: China, Crystal, and Silver Used at Mealtime
« on: February 19, 2013, 09:07:49 PM »
O.K. but imagine what interesting exibits these cases and whatever contents is left would make at the Alexander Palace.  But I think there is probably nothing left. I just thought it was odd that people are so secretive about things like this so long after the event, when most other details about this period are so accurately documented. It would have been so interesting and fascinating if we could have seen this bit of history.     

Yes, but it's not difficult to understand that the Romanov family may not want everything of the IF's (especially these trunks, which contained many personal items) to be public domain.

Anyway, I have really enjoyed reading this thread. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.


Notice that Kate is again wearing her trademark pantyhose.

I am glad that Kate wears "panty hose".  There is nothing more unsightly than uncovered legs with a beautiful dress or skirt.  It is a finishing touch to an elegant ensemble.

Uncovered legs belong in shorts or a swimsuit.

I think that's going a bit far. It's 2011 - there's nothing "unsightly" about a woman showing her (lower) legs.

My copy is next to my elbow.

I can't wait to steal some time during this holiday season to read it.

Happy Holidays everyone!


Same! (Well, except mine isn't next to my elbow).

Happy Holidays to all.

I want to read this just because it sounds so ridiculous!

I see. Thank you, Sarushka.

Hi everyone.

Is there any difference between "Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs" and "The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg"? I'm a little confused as they have similar titles. I went to order the former, and the search results also returned the latter:

I'm quite confused as I thought Helen only had one book. Are they the same book? Or different?

Thanks in advance.

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